Guidance for State Applicants Applying Directly to CNCS School Turnaround AmeriCorps Grant Competition
The School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative is a grant to deploy AmeriCorps members to increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in our nation’s lowest-performing elementary, middle, and high schools.
Americorps team is here!!
We are delighted to welcome two teams (“Green 5” and “Green 6”) comprising 17 Americorps NCCC members, who will be with us until the end of January.
They are going to be working mostly in Moonachie, mostly insulating the underside of mobile homes. Bob Williams of Rebuilding Together is the coordinating supervisor for this project.
We are thrilled! This is a group of energetic young people from across the country who are eager to help. For most of them, this is their first foray into a disaster situation.
About the New Jersey Commission on National & Community Service
The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service was created by
Governor Christine Todd Whitman under Executive Order #20 in June 1994. The newly created Corporation for National Service
in Washington invited governors to create state commissions to guide and oversee national service programs in the states.
The Governor designated the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to host the commission and to
serve as the administrative and fiscal agent for its AmeriCorps programs. Initial members were appointed to the commission
in June 1994, an executive director was selected in August 1994, and later an office of community services was created
within the Division of Field Services.
In 2003, the Commission was transferred to the NJ Department of State, where it is still currently housed.
The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service aims to do the following:
Develop a statewide ethic of service and a comprehensive, coordinated program targeted to the needs of New Jersey and its unique community challenges. The programs will provide opportunities for service that bring diverse people together working for a common cause to get things done in communities, remove barriers and promote respect.
Address the service needs of the state by prioritizing needs and problems, then targeting resources and grants to the priority needs.
Guide the AmeriCorps program and ensure the effectiveness of its components.Develop and nurture partnerships among the education community, health care community, volunteer programs, the business sector, community-based agencies, foundations, state and local government units, cultural groups, youth programs and senior citizen groups that can work to meet the needs of our communities.
Develop a well-planned strategy to ensure public awareness through various public relations approaches, highlighting quantitatively and qualitatively desired outcomes.
Create a stable funding source for national and community service through fund-raising activities, endowments, and corporate funding to supplement other funding from the corporation.Infuse service-learning into the primary, secondary, and post secondary curricula to create future generations of adults committed to community service.
The State Commission is a nonpartisan, Governor-appointed commission. It is hosted by the New Jersey Department of State, Office of Community Services. Its role is to guide and oversee New Jersey’s National Service programs.